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Gary Sanchez’s first Twins homer was a monster grand slam



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Former Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had himself a killer Opening Day weekend in his debut with the Twins.

Sanchez hit his first regular-season residence run for his new membership in Sunday’s 10-4 win over the Mariners, drilling a grand slam into the third deck in left subject within the backside of the primary inning.

The catcher flipped his bat and gave a thumbs-up to the dugout, earlier than rounding the bases at Goal Discipline to the sound of screaming followers welcoming him to Minnesota.

Sanchez’s grand slam gave the Twins a five-run lead on the time. The 29-year-old later added an RBI double, driving in 5 of the Twins’ 10 runs in his second sport with the group. Sanchez made the ultimate out Friday on Opening Day, coming inside inches of a walk-off residence run.

After signing Sanchez as a world free agent in 2009, the Yankees traded the two-time All-Star and third baseman Gio Urshela final month for third baseman Josh Donaldson, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa and catcher Ben Rortvedt.

“With a swing like [that,] it offers you the arrogance to have the ability to exit and do all the pieces,” supervisor Rocco Baldelli said about Sanchez’s grand slam. “Our pitchers, our guys within the subject, the at-bats that comply with that, that’s the form of adjustments the sport in an enormous approach and one thing we wanted. It was an enormous second for Gary and all of us.”

After many ups and downs, particularly behind the plate, the Yankees determined to maneuver on from Sanchez and prioritize protection at catcher. Final season, Sanchez had 23 residence runs, 54 RBIs, a .204 batting common and .730 OPS whereas committing six errors and permitting eight handed balls. He has 60 handed balls in his profession, having led the league in 2017 (16) and 2018 (18).

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Former Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hits a grand slam for the Twins on April 10, 2022.
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Gary Sanchez celebrating his grand slam on April 10, 2022.
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Sunday’s win was the Twins’ first of the season. They shut out a four-game set with the Mariners Monday night time.